Fondant/Gum Paste Decorating Set – Everything you need to get started!

April 22nd, 2013 by Shannon Kaminski

I am new to the Wilton Family. Since my arrival, I’ve been exposed to all sorts of products in the realm of cake decorating and decided to try my hand at my first fondant cake. I knew I wanted to make something bright and cheery with some flowers to impress the in-laws the first time I was hosting everyone for Easter. Being new, I was directed to the Fondant/Gum Paste Decorating Set, which proved to be THE essential kit for beginners like me.

The first thing I did was to investigate what the kit had to offer. There were the essentials I expected, but also measuring tapes, brushes, a Nature Fondant and gum paste mold that started to get my creative juices flowing and thinking about how I might make this cake even more impressive than I had originally outlined.
 Fondant and Gum Paste Decorating Kit

I decided to start with leaves as they seemed to be the simplest part of flowers. I rolled out the green fondant and was really pleased with how easy the fondant rolled out with the fondant roller. I had never used a fondant roller before, but it was easy to ensure the fondant was even by putting the bands on the end for a consistent thickness.
 Fondant and Gum Paste Decorating Kit

I used the smaller and medium sized cut outs just as I would a cookie cutter, and then placed the flowers in the small storage board to keep moist. This was a product I wouldn’t have thought of if I had been buying tools outside of a kit, but it turned out to be extremely helpful as it kept the fondant moist. Next I made grass by rolling out the fondant again and used the Serrated Quilting/Cutting Wheel to cut out the general form of the grass. Using the Aqua Veining Too, dipped in a little bit of water, I added definition/create the blades of the grass. After the grass was done, I went back to the leaves and etched in detail of the leaf veins with the Aqua Veining Tool.
 Fondant and Gum Paste Decorating Kit

The green Fondant and Gum Paste Mold wasn’t something I had originally planned to use with the project, but decided to try it out. I rolled the fondant over the mat to make green flower stems. Then I used the Aqua Veining Tool to carve the excess fondant away. I used the mold again with blue fondant over the bird portion of the mold. Once I removed the fondant from the mat I was amazed at the resulting detail. It would be impossible for me to have sculpted a bird with such detail and I knew my family would be impressed. I also made a mental note to use this mold again to make birds to put on top of cupcakes!
 Fondant and Gum Paste Decorating Kit

I used the Rose Bouquet Flower Cutter set to make my cartoonish daisies. I rolled out the yellow and blue fondant and cut the shapes. I was thankful for the different sizes as it enabled me to create more of a 3D effect than I had anticipated. The fondant tools proved helpful at releasing the flowers from the cutters when the fondant stuck.
 Fondant and Gum Paste Decorating Kit

 Fondant and Gum Paste Decorating Kit
 Fondant and Gum Paste Decorating Kit
To give the flowers more dimensions, I placed them in the forming cups. I used the Purple Ball Tool to shape the petals and add detail to the center of the flowers. When they had dried just a little, I put them on a plate with the flower stems and birds and covered all the pieces with saran wrap to prepare my cake the next day.

Next, I rolled out white fondant to cover my cake. After placing the fondant over my cake coated in buttercream, I used the Serrated Quilting/Cutting Wheel to remove most of the excess fondant. My cake looked pretty lumpy and I was a bit nervous until I used the Fondant Smoother which did exactly what its name implied! I went around the cake base again and removed the excess fondant with the Aqua Veining Tool.
 Fondant and Gum Paste Decorating Kit

The next day I was ready to assemble the decorations. I used buttercream to apply the grass, flower stems, flowers and birds with the aid of the brushes in the caddy. I had originally thought to use the measuring tape to put the flowers on uniformly, but decided for a more whimsical application.
 Fondant and Gum Paste Decorating Kit

 Fondant and Gum Paste Decorating KitThe in-laws were thoroughly impressed. My four-year-old step daughter’s eyes lit up when she saw the cake and my stepson, who loves fondant spoke up to volunteer to eat any leftover fondant on anyone else’s plate.

I’ve always enjoyed buttercream, but I have to say, decorating with fondant is indeed as easy as everyone led me to believe, especially with the right tools. I have some close friends who may have a caddy under the tree come Christmas!

What I like the most about the Caddy is that it contains not just what I think I need, but what the Wilton experts know I need that I wouldn’t have anticipated. There are enough tools to get me started, but also enough to help me grow as I get better at working with fondant and gum paste. I’m excited to try to make real roses or Calla Lilies, and the Fondant/Gum Paste Decorating Set will have all the tools I need to help me grow. I should also mention that the Caddy is sized just right to fit into my cupboards for easy storage.

Shannon Kaminski Shannon is a new Sourcing Manager at Wilton. Her main hobbies are knitting, gardening and cooking. She and her friends like to take turns hosting dinners and trying different foods.

35 Replies

  1. lisa ellsworth says:

    this is awesome. i am looking to start up cake decorating again, but i just cant afford anything anymore from wilton….its just all so exp!!!! but i do love the products

    • Kathy Fredricks says:

      Hi Lisa,
      I Love the Wilton Products and agree Wilton Items are Expensive I get my things one at a time If you have a Michaels Craft store register with them on line they always have coupons for like 40 or 50% off and that’s how i get my big items. Michaels has a large selection of Wilton and so Does Joannes Fabric store Register with them too. hope this is helpful
      Kathy

      • Marilyn W says:

        My sister-in-law said that Michaels will take a JoAnn’s coupon…they regularly send out 50% off coupons.

        • Linda says:

          That is correct. However, if AC Moore has a dollar amount off – say $5.00 off $25 – Michaels won’t accept these. At AC Moore you can use coupons for book purchases but not at Michaels.

  2. Judith P. Lazier says:

    Awesome set, I would LOVE this set, but I have spent so much so far, I have course 4 still to take. My husband just got a job after being laid off since Oct. of last year so I don’t know. Still a wonderful idea. Good job Wilton

  3. Laurie F says:

    Why does this set come with the plastic tools, not the new metal tools?

  4. sandra marroquin says:

    I would like to get started in cake in cake decorating I want a kit like this 1.

  5. ana says:

    kuanto costa i 20
    prodotti ke avete messo su fb

  6. Diane Barron says:

    wow really nice prize

  7. Amada says:

    How mucho is this ?

  8. Isabel Monge Madrigal says:

    I would like to know what the price this kit, I live in Costa Rica, and if there is no way they send.

  9. Isabel Monge Madrigal says:

    I would like to know what the price this kit, I live in Costa Rica, and if there is no way they send.

  10. Amada says:

    How mucho cost

  11. Rosemary says:

    I’m just starting to use fondant/gum paste, this would be awesome to have to help me learn.

  12. tammy beeson says:

    I really love to work with fondant and gumpaste. they make cakes look great.

  13. Betty says:

    I would also like the price?

  14. LAURA says:

    This Kit costs $100 dlls at Michaels.

  15. josephine olie says:

    It came out really nice

  16. Beth says:

    Great Cake & design! Love the cut out edges. Nice job Shannon!!

  17. Shannon Kaminski says:

    Thank you for the great feedback.

    For those of you looking for the price, please click on the following link:
    http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?sku=2109-3128

    If you are looking where to buy internationally, you can look for a distributor in your area by visiting this page on our website: http://www.wilton.com/about/contact/intl_distrib.cfm

  18. Pamela Bean says:

    This is one product I can not wait to get!!!!

  19. ARLENE JONES says:

    wow, I real like the way you packaged the whole thing together. I definitely want one!

  20. Ellen says:

    Will this case be available empty? I’m in the middle of Course 4 and have all of the tools that come in this kit, and then some more. The Ultimate Caddy is available empty, it would be great if this case would be made available for purchase (even if just online) for those that have many tools but could use the storage element of this.

  21. mary says:

    how much will dis cost

  22. Mr. Lynn Nottingham says:

    Good day to you love;
    It’s nice to see that Wilton has made a kit to do some? of the Fondont & gum paste decorating,
    Here’s the main thing to me is this’ I already own all the items to do all of the fondant as well the gum pasteing, What I do need is a case so that we can put our stuff in,
    it’s the same with that so called rolling cart, you can put all your decorating bags,, tips, palits, in,,, well when I look at the frist one I could fine, It was too small for what I have,
    I’ve been doing cake decorating since 1960 so I have alot, & it,s only one of me hobby’s that I do,, so it would be nice, if they would use their head to see so of us have alot already, & only need some thing nice & handy to put it all in
    I thank-you
    Lynn
    ps;
    I make me own cream cheese iceing, it’s very much the same as butter iceing only with a cream cheese teast to it

  23. Omoruyi mary says:

    I culd have love to buy this but most of willton’s kit ar expensive.

  24. brandy says:

    I like the size of the caddy but I own 2 or 3 sets of all the tools in this kit already. Will they be selling it empty in the near future?

  25. patience edeke says:

    Its wonderful to know that founding decorating can be fun. My issue with foundant is the rolling to cover the cake. Please can you advice on best way to achieve this?

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  28. Lisa says:

    Michaels and Joann’s have weekly coupons that can be used on Wilton products. I wait and watch for weekly and weekend specials. Right now Michaels has 25% off total purchase til tomorrow at 4pm.

    I used the 40% one item coupon to get my airbrush machine.

    hope this helps

  29. Carmen says:

    Gracias por el apoyo continuo

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